Sports

Thu
14
Jun

Knights edge rival Eagles

Henryetta senior Colten Wion (33) leaps high into the air to block a shot attempt by Morris’ Devin Warren during last Thursday’s summer league basketball game at Brock Memorial Gymnasium in Okmulgee.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

OKMULGEE - The Henryetta Golden Knights and Morris Eagles renewed their basketball rivalry this past Thursday at the Okmulgee Bulldog Summer Basketball League.

The 5-week summer basketball league, which is being held at historic Brock Memorial Gymnasium, also features boys basketball teams from Okmulgee, Beggs, Preston, Dewar, Bristow, Kiefer, and Liberty (Mounds).

The county teams met three times during the 2017-18 season with Henryetta taking the season series 2-1. The first meeting last year came January 19 in the consolation finals of the annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee County Basketball Tournament with the Knights coming away with the victory, defeating the Eagles 76-70 in overtime.

The Eagles took the second meeting January 23 in Morris with a 59-40 decision.

Wed
06
Jun

Heat Wave

The Henryetta Heat 14-Under softball team are enjoying a successful season so far, which includes four tournament championships. The Heat, which is coached by Joe Smallwood, James Joslin, and Gary Dwiggins, will compete at the United States Specialty Sports Association's Softball World Series July 15-21 in Destin, Florida. Team members for the Heat are (not in order): Alexis Hamilton, Skylar Morris, Courtnee Sensibaugh, Lexi Lollis, Kasedi Gobin, Jalynn Joslin, Avery Miller, Skylar Smallwood, Katelyn Dwiggins, and Haylee Anderson.

(COURTESY PHOTO)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

 

The temperatures are not the only thing heating up in Oklahoma.

The Henryetta Heat 14-Under softball team is setting the diamond ablaze this season in preparation for the United States Specialty Sports Association's Softball World Series July 15-21 in Destin, Florida.

The Heat, coached by Joe Smallwood, James Joslin, and Gary Dwiggins sit at 36-7-1 on the year and has captured championship trophies at four tournaments.

The 14-Under softball team kicked off their campaign September 30 and October 1 at the Fall Bash RINGS tournament in Moore.

The Heat swept through Pool Play with wins over the Lady Sluggers (9-2) and the Tulsa Elite (2-1).

Wed
23
May

And So It Begins

Henryetta receiver Jean Pixler (4) hauls in a touchdown pass during Monday’s spring football practice at historic Cameron Field. The Knights are using the 10-day spring practice session to begin preparations for the upcoming 2018 varsity football season which will get underway August 31 at home against Morris.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

 

HENRYETTA - The Henryetta Golden Knight varsity football team began preparations for the upcoming 2018 campaign Monday morning with the first day of their 10-day spring football practice at historic Cameron Field.

The Knights will kick off their 2018 season August 31 at home against their arch rivals, the Morris Eagles.

Head coach Darin Johnson and his coaching staff will use the 10-day spring practice to begin preparing for the grueling 3-month regular-season schedule to get the Knights back in the postseason.

The Henryetta gridiron squad will look to erase last year's 1-9 record out of their minds and get back to the playoffs fifth time in the last nine years.

Fri
18
May

Coaching Carousel

Ryan Swallow and Bunyan Johnson, pictured, have been hired to become head coaches at Henryetta High School in 2018-19. Swallow will take over the head softball duties, while Johnson will roam the sideline this coming basketball season as the head boys basketball coach at HHS. Both Swallow and Johnson were coaches at Beggs Public Schools this past school year.

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

 

Okmulgee County sports fans will notice several changes in the head coaching ranks at five of the eight high schools in the 2018-19 school year.

There will be a total of 12 new head coaches roaming the sidelines around the county this upcoming sports season.

Four of the six county football squads will have new leaders on Friday nights in 2018, while four schools will see changes at the girls basketball position for 2018-19.

There will also be two county schools with new head coaches in high school softball this coming school year, while one school will have a new head coach in boys basketball when the 2018-19 season gets underway at the end of November.

Wed
16
May

Knights finish 6th at state tennis

Henryetta’s No. 2 Doubles team of Jarett Day, left, and Tyger Freeman finished third last weekend at the Class 4A state tennis championships in Oklahoma City.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

 

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Henryetta Golden Knight varsity tennis team came away with a sixth-place finish at last weekend's Class 4A state tennis championships at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

The Knights finished with 12 team points, thanks in part to third-place finishes by their two Doubles teams.

Ada took home the team championship in Class 4A for 2018 in runaway fashion, finishing with 34 team points, which included individual state titles in No. 2 Singles, No. 1 Doubles, and No. 2 Doubles and a state runner-up in No. 1 Singles.

Mon
14
May

Knights finish third at tennis regionals

The Henryetta No. 2 Doubles team of Jarett Day (foreground) and Tyger Freeman earned runner-up honors at the Class 4A regional tennis tournament in Henryetta.

(Photo by LARRY OWEN)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

 

HENRYETTA - The Henryetta Golden Knight varsity tennis team came away with a third-place finish at the Class 4A regional tennis tournament this past Friday.

The Knights finished the regional tournament with a team total of 24 points and will send three of their four groups to this weekend's Class 4A state tennis championships at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center in Oklahoma City.

The No. 2 Doubles team of Jarett Day and Tyger Freeman paced the HHS net squad with a runner-up finish at Monday's regional tournament.

Keaton Lollis in No. 1 Singles and the duo of Colten Wion and Jordan Knox in No. 1 Doubles will be joining Day and Freeman at this weekend's state tennis tournament in OKC. Lollis and the No. 1 Doubles team both came away with third-place finishes at Monday's regional tournament.

Thu
10
May

State Runner-up

The Henryetta Lady Knight golf team captured the state runner-up trophy at last week’s Class 2A state golf championships in Guthrie. The Lady Knights finished the 2-day event at Cimarron National Golf Club at Aqua Canyon with a team total of 757. Senior Abbi Green (second from right) finished tied for third individually with a 36-hole total of 165. The other members of the 2018 Henryetta Lady Knight golf team include, left to right, head coach Dutch VanDenBorn, Emily Stockholm, Bridget Williams, and Emily Potter.

(Photo by MELANIE GREEN)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

 

GUTHRIE - The Henryetta Lady Knight varsity golf team took home the state runner-up trophy last Thursday evening at the Class 2A state golf championships at Cimarron National Golf Club at Aqua Canyon.

The Lady Knights began last Thursday's final round in fourth with a team total of 380 - 18 strokes off the leader Tishomingo in the team standings.

In last Thursday's final round, the HHS link squad shaved three strokes off their first-round score, finishing their final 18 holes of action with a 377, placing the Lady Knights in second place in the team standings with a team total of 757 at the conclusion of the 2-day event.

Tishomingo took home the team championship with a 2-day total of 728, firing rounds of 362 and 366, respectively.

Fri
04
May

Lady Knights sit 4th at state golf tournament

The Henryetta Lady Knight golf team finished Wednesday’s opening round of the Class 2A state golf championships with a team score of 380, which was good enough for fourth overall in the team standings. The Lady Knight golf team, which is coached by Dutch VanDenBorn (center), include, L to R, Emily Stockholm, Abbi Green, Bridget Williams, and Emily Potter.

(COURTESY PHOTO)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

GUTHRIE - The Henryetta Lady Knight golf team sits in fourth place after the first 18 holes at the Class 2A state golf championships at Cimarron National Golf Club at Aqua Canyon.

The Lady Knights finished the opening day with a team total of 380, which is 18 strokes off the lead in the team standings.

Tishomingo finished with an opening-round score of 362 to lead the 12-team field after Wednesday's action.

Pawnee was second in the team standings at 373, followed by Washington in third at 379.

Olive was fifth after the first round with a team total of 396. Frederick was sixth in the team standings after Wednesday's action at 399, followed by Mooreland in seventh at 408.

The remaining teams in the 12-team tournament field included Turner in eighth at 410, Oklahoma Christian School in ninth at 414, Cordell and Silo tied for 10th at 427, and Laverne in 12th at 448.

Wed
02
May

Henryetta track finishes ninth at regionals

Pictured above front row: L to R: Austin Green, Daniel Bear, Ryston Caron, and Seth Munoz. Back Row: L to R: Isaac Matlock, Nathan Owens, Brittany Elam, Kobe Johnson, and Trevor King. Not pictured: Riley Floyd, Dalton Key, Kenna Najera, and Bailee Worlow. These members of the Henryetta High School track and field placed at last Saturday’s Class 3A regional track meet in Checotah. Green finished 7th in the 800 meter run and 8th in the 400 meter dash and was a member of the 1600 and 3200 meter relay teams that finished sixth at the regional meet. Bear was a member of the 800 meter relay team that placed sixth at regionals. Caron qualified for State in the pole vault with a second-place finish and was a member of the 800 meter relay team that placed sixth at regionals. Matlock was a member of both the 1600 and 3200 meter relay teams that placed sixth at regionals. Owens was a member of the sixth-place 3200 meter relay team at regionals. Elam qualified for State with a runner-up finish in the pole vault. Johnson was a member of the 1600 and 3200 meter relay teams that placed sixth at regionals. King was a member of the 800 meter relay team that finished sixth at regionals. Floyd was a member of the 1600 meter relay team that finished sixth at regionals. Munoz was a member of the sixth-place finishing 800 meter relay team. Key qualified for State with a third-place finish in the pole vault. Najera finished sixth in the discus. Worlow finished fourth in both the 400 meter dash and 800 meter run and earned a spot at State as an additional qualifier in both events.

(Photo by CARRIE BAILEY)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

CHECOTAH - The Henryetta High School track and field program earned ninth-place finishes at the Class 3A regional meet last Saturday at Ogle Field, on the campus of Checotah High School.

The Lady Knights finished tied for ninth with Valliant with 17 points each, while the Knights were ninth in the boys team standings with 20 team points, edging out Hartshorne by one point.

Tahlequah Sequoyah swept the team regional championships at the meet, followed by Holland Hall, Idabel, and Washington in the final three spots, respectively, in the team standings. Spiro was fifth in the girls team standings, while fifth place in the boys team standings went to Wilburton.

Hugo finished ahead of Henryetta in the girls team standings, while Heavener finished just ahead of Henryetta in the boys team standings.

Wed
25
Apr

Knights suffer 5-4 loss to Morris

Henryetta senior shortstop Seth Munoz waits for a throw from second baseman Bo Adams in last Thursday’s road game at Morris.

(Photo by KAITLYN DILLARD)

Henryetta junior Drew Brown delivers a pitch to home during last Thursday’s county battle with the Morris Eagles. Brown went the distance on the mound for Henryetta in the Knights’ 5-4 loss to their arch rivals.

(Photo by KAITLYN DILLARD)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

MORRIS - The Henryetta Golden Knights found themselves on the losing side of another close outcome against their arch rivals, the Morris Eagles, here last Thursday evening.

The Knights suffered an 11-7 loss at home March 12 to the Eagles, watching a late rally come up short in the 4-run setback.

In the regular-season series finale last Thursday, the Knights once again rallied in the middle innings, only to see their county foes score late to come up on the short end of a heartbreaking 5-4 defeat.

With the score deadlocked at 4-4, heading into the bottom of the seventh, a defensive error put the winning run on base to begin the frame. A well-placed sacrifice bunt and a single into center field followed the miscue, allowing the Eagles to produce the game-winning run.

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